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  • Beowulf | Seamus Heaney

    Beowulf

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
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    New York Times best seller and Whitebread Book of the Year, Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney's new translation of Beowulf comes to life in this gripping audio. Heaney's performance reminds us that Beowulf, written near the turn of another millennium, was intended to be heard not read.

    Nicholas C Cook says: "Fantastic"
  • The Inferno of Dante | Dante Alighieri,Robert Pinsky (translator)

    The Inferno of Dante

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Dante Alighieri, Robert Pinsky (translator)
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney, Frank Bidart, Louise Glück, and others
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    This critically acclaimed translation was awarded the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry and the Harold Morton Landon Translation Award given by the Academy of American Poets. Well versed, rapid, and various in style, the Inferno is narrated by Pinsky and three other leading poets: Seamus Heaney, Frank Bidart, and Louise Glück.

    craig says: "A great translation of the epic."
  • Stepping Stones | Seamus Heaney

    Stepping Stones

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
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    This selection of Seamus Heaney's poems is drawn from nine collections, including The Spirit Level, and provides a perfect introduction to the full breadth of Heaney's poetic concerns.

    Louie Crew Clay says: "A gentle, gracious and personal performance"
  • Beowulf: A New Translation | Seamus Heaney

    Beowulf: A New Translation

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
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    Seamus Heaney’s new translation of Beowulf is a work that is both true to the original poem and an expression of something fundamental to Heaney’s own creative gift.One of the great classics of English literature, it tells the story of a hero who wins glory and learns wisdom and is then called upon to face a final test against the monstrous. There are obvious parallels to be found in the history of the twentieth century, and Heaney’s Beowulf cannot fail to be read partly in the light of his Northern Irish upbringing. But it also transcends such considerations, revealing psychological and spiritual truths that are both permanent and liberating.

  • New Selected Poems | Seamus Heaney

    New Selected Poems

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Seamus Heaney
    • Narrated By Seamus Heaney
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    The landmark selection of poems from the greatest poet of our age, read on audio by Seamus Heaney himself. 'His is "close-up" poetry - close up to thought, to the world, to the emotions. Few writers at work today, in verse or fiction, can give the sense of rich, fecund, lived life that Heaney does.(John Banville )More than any other poet since Wordsworth he can make us understand that the outside world is not outside, but what we are made of. (John Carey)

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